Oregon universities, workers fail to reach deal ahead of planned strike

SEIU represents 4,500 higher education workers at seven public universities in Oregon, including the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 10:24 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 1:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon’s public universities and the union representing classified workers failed to reach a deal on Monday, and a strike is less than a week away.

SEIU represents 4,500 higher education workers at seven public universities in Oregon, including the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. The workers include food service, office and custodial staff.

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On Sept. 17, the union announced that members had authorized a strike, which is set to start Sept. 30 at 7 a.m. if a deal is not reached.

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"I think it would show them that the people who run campus really mean something to the prestige of our flagship research institution to the state," said University of Oregon grounds crew and SEIU member Nick Sloss. "I'm ready to go on strike and there are hundreds of people behind me who are too."

A spokesperson for the universities told KEZI they believe the offer they have on the table is “attractive.”

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